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The Best Off the Beaten Track Safaris

The Best Off the Beaten Track Safaris

Twinkle Star Tours & Safaris Ltd

(37 Reviews)
Offices In:
Kenya Kenya
Tanzania Tanzania
United States United States
Taiwan Taiwan
10-20 employees (Founded in 2017)
Member Of:
KATO, Eco Tourism Kenya & KTB
Tour Types:
Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Kenya KE
Tanzania TZ
The Best Off the Beaten Track Safaris

The Best Off the Beaten Track Safaris

We are an established and popular Tour operator with an excellent track record for the best safari customer satisfaction across East Africa. We believe in keeping the customer happy and providing them with safari packages at a very competent price. We have excellent safari experts/consultants who will guide you with their best ideas by keeping in constant touch to enable you to achieve your best-desired dream holiday in Africa. {2021 License No. 0008413}.


Absolutely awesome 5 stars all the way

I booked the Tour from the USA. Received a Quote. I agreed and wired the down-payment from my Bank to their Bank in Kenya. I arrived in Kenya, was greeted by one of the Employees, sign the Contract and the next Day, Simon, the Driver was on time at 7.30AM and off we went to the Masai Mara. It was an absolutely perfect Experience and definitely would chose Twinkle Stars again. The Driver Simon had an unbelievable knowledge of the Masai Mara.


I have been traveling through the great natural settings of Africa for more than 30 years. I love all of its great national parks. I was in Kenya and Tanzania some time ago and this year I decided that it would be a good time to go back and make my trip coincide with the Great Migration that takes place between Serengeti and Masai Mara. I planned a 15-day trip the first half of August and wrote to several tour operators to prepare an itinerary and a budget for two people. TWINKLE STAR TOURS responded to me immediately and with a much better budget than other tour operators. During the preparation James, his contact, responded efficiently and quickly to my requests and, finally, I opted for TWINKLE STAR TOURS on this trip to Kenya and Tanzania which has been wonderful. One of the reasons why I chose TWINKLE STAR TOURS was that most of the safaris were full day so the possibility of seeing the national park and its animals better was greater. On the other hand, the chosen accommodations had good recommendations and the final price was very good.

The scheduled tour was as follows: SAMBURU (Kenya), LAKE NAKURU (Kenya), MASAI MARA (Kenya), SERENGUETI (Tanzania), NGORONGORO (Tanzania), LAKE MANYARA (Tanzania), TARANGIRE (Tanzania), AMBOSELI (Kenya).

During the tour we had two driver-guides: Willie in Kenya and Hoza in Tanzania. We did the part of Kenya with Willie in a convertible vanette which, for two people, is sufficient since most of the parks in Kenya do not require a Land Cruiser and that, logically, makes the trip cheaper. Willie was an excellent driver-guide. He was always aware that we had the best service, the best room, the best position to see and photograph wildlife and he showed great solvency in solving situations that, without his action, could have turned into big problems. Thanks to his recommendation, we were able to see the Great Migration from the sky, as Katlen Blixen would say ... "With the eyes of God". On the third day of our stay in the Masai Mara, we took a balloon ride to admire this magnificent spectacle from the air. It really is an overwhelming natural spectacle. A 10 for Willie. He is also tremendously friendly and funny. We did the Tanzania part with Hoza, also an excellent driver-guide. He was always aware of locating fauna and placing us in the best position for photographing him. He gave us excellent knowledge about the national parks and their fauna and also about his country, Tanzania. With him we use a Land Cruiser since in Tanzania if necessary to move around its national parks.

The accommodations chosen by TWINKLE STAR TOURS were very nice and of good value for money.

In short, everything was wonderful, from the first contact with TWINKLE STAR TOURS until we said goodbye to their services at the airport. If I decide to return to Kenya and Tanzania again, which I do not rule out soon, or someone asks me for a recommendation, I would not hesitate to advise you to contact TWINKLE STAR TOURS. They are excellent professionals. And, without a doubt, I would return with Willie and Hoza as guide-drivers. They made the trip very easy, enjoyable, and instructive. And, it goes without saying, that Kenya and Tanzania are wonderful destinations to always visit and especially in this time of COVID, when the safest and most fabulous vacations are in nature, on safari.

Thank you very much TWINKLE STAR TOURS, Willie and Hoza for this magnificent experience and see you soon.

Gloria and Manuela

The best

I highly recommend Twinkle Star Tour. We started planning in 2019 for 2020. We had sent our payment in and the pandemic hit. Everything closed. James kept in touch with me and assured my the Safari would take place when I was ready. Our dreams came true this July 16th. They were there to pick us up at the airport and through the entire 10 days. We love Abu our driver. James was very detailed kept making the changes I requested. He came to meet us an say goodbye. Brought gift to my husband and I. It was the most wonderful experience. The resorts were all beautiful and everyone was super attentive to our needs. We couldn’t have asked for more. We will definitely return and bring our family. They were the most honest people you can meet.
We love you James and Abu.

Absolutely more than I could have expected

I just returned from a 16-day safari through Kenya and Tanzania with
Twinkle Star Safaris. I was supposed to travel last year but COVID
postponed it until this year. Let me say that from the very beginning
James was quick to respond to emails and was able to work on planning
the safari that I wanted. My tour was through Kenya and Tanzania. I was
met at the Nairobi airport by my guide, Patrick. My flight was late but
Patrick was patiently waiting on me. For the first week, we visited
Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. My personal favorite was Masai
Mara. I joked with Patrick and told him that riding with him was like
being with Mr. National Geographic. Any question that I had, he had an
answer for. So knowledgeable on not just the animals and parks, but also
all the small towns that we traveled in between. If you use Twinkle
Star, make sure you ask for PATRICK!! He will not disappoint you.
Another word of advice, pay the extra money and upgrade to the Land
Cruiser. It will allow you access to more areas in the park. Thank you
Patrick for showing me the Big 5!! The leopard was hard to find but he
didn't give up. Also thank you James for making my dream vacation
happen, you did not disappoint. I know that this trip is a big
investment for anyone but you will not regret it. I appreciate that
James takes such interest in his customers. He met me at the hotel in
Nairobi before my safari started and walked me to a nearby shopping area
and bank at my request. In addition, at the conclusion of the safari, he
met me to make sure that my safari was just what I wanted. Customer
satisfaction is truly a top priority for him.

Amazing 17 day private Bush & Beach tour - Kenya & Tanzania

We recently returned from a 17 day bush and beach tour organized by James Oketch from Twinkle Star Tours, and we had an AMAZING trip!

After searching around and not really knowing where to begin, we decided to book this trip through Twinkle Star Tours as James was very responsive to our questions right from the beginning. We started planning this trip during the end of 2019, and as 2020 - and COVID - arrived our plans were, of course, up in the air with Kenya being closed to visitors. James was in touch with us the entire time and was willing to allow us to change the trip to 2021 with no fees, but when Kenya opened up we decided to go this year.

Our trip began with our arrival in Nairobi, we then spent time in Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar, and Amboseli before returning to Nairobi.

Due to COVID, our trip details had to be changed a number of times. Many of the places were were scheduled to stay in were still not open, so James had to rebook our lodgings. He was always very communicative in this and in most cases we were actually upgraded to nicer lodgings! We also had to move our trip to Zanzibar to the middle of the trip instead of the end due to Tanzania not allowing flights from Kenya, and James handled all of this rebooking for us as well. Having him handle all of these changes was so relieving.

James met us at our hotel on our first morning and confirmed all of our trip details. We had three guides on our trip - one in Kenya (Peter), one in Tanzania (Hozza), and one while in Zanzibar (Abdullah). All of our guides were GREAT. I cannot say enough about how friendly, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and accommodating they all were. On safari you spend a lot of time in the car with your guide, and there wasn't a moment that we didn't feel safe or taken care of with our guides. Peter and Hozza were able to find all of the animals that we wanted to see - including the big five - and taught us so much about the animals, the land, and their beautiful countries. And Abdullah was very helpful and informative while we toured Zanzibar. James set us up with several tours while in Zanzibar, so we were able to go to Stone Town, tour a spice farm, and swim with dolphins!

I have read on here about the road conditions and driving, and I wanted to say first that you will be on some bumpy roads, but that is all part of the fun! The parks all have a maximum speed limit but those roads are not paved (for the animal's sake) so you should prepare yourself for a bit of bouncing around while you explore. We opted for the Land Cruiser instead of the minivan, and I believe that not only are they more comfortable, but they are able to get to some parts of the park that the vans would not have been able to reach. Also, as to the speed on roadways between parks - many of the company vehicles in Kenya have a speed limiter, so they absolutely cannot go more than 80kph or else the power cuts out.

The only stressful part of our trip was crossing the Kenya/Tanzania border at the land crossings two times. This had nothing to do with our tour and only had to do with the bureaucracy that is involved in crossing a border. That being said, our guides helped us navigate these crossings, including all of the extra precautions necessary due to COVID, and made the transition way smoother than had we been left to figure it out ourselves.

During our trip, we were scheduled to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar. At the last moment (after Hozza got us to the airport) we found out that the flight was moved to Kilimanjaro airport, about an hour away. Though this was frustrating news from the airline, it was great to have our guide with us to explain what was going on and to pack our suitcases back into the Land Cruiser and bring us to the correct airport.

At the end of our trip, our flight back to JFK left Nairobi late at night, so James actually set us up with a (comped) hotel in Nairobi for a couple of hours so that we could shower and change before flying home. He also met us at the hotel and brought his family along to introduce us.

Throughout the entire trip, our guides let us know that James had called to check on how it was going and to ensure that all was proceeding smoothly. James always answered my emails promptly, even when the time difference meant that he was replying after midnight his time.

I have no problem recommending James Oketch and Twinkle Star Tours, along with all of our guides, and would give him more than a 5 star rating if I could. This was a life-changing trip and was made better knowing that we had this company there to assist us with anything that could arise.

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